New Puppy Checklist – Part 1

It’s about that time. Pups are heading to their new homes. We put together this checklist of things we’ve found helpful over the years and we personally use on our dogs. We don’t get any compensation from the products we recommend on this page.

Crates & Bedding

Kennel/Crate – Dogs like kennels! You’re pup may take some time to get used to it (though all our pups have some level of crate training before they leave), but in the long run, you’ll both be much happier with a dog that has a kennel and feels comfortable in it. We prefer the vari-kennel style, as opposed to the wire kennel. They can easily do double duty as a travel kennel, keeping you and your pet safer while driving.

It’s not a bad idea to start with a smaller kennel when you first bring your Brittany pup home. It can help discourage the pup from eliminating in it.

Bedding – We start using old towels and fleece. It’s tempting to buy a kennel pad or bed, but realize that your puppy will likely tear it up. Towels and fleece also have the added benefit of being easily washable, should your pup have an accidents.

Beds – We also think it’s important for your dogs to have a bed outside of their kennel. It gives them a place to lie down and still be with the family. It also gives you a boundary. Don’t want your pup begging at the dinner table? Or trying to join you on the sofa or in bed? Teach them to go to their bed and stay. We like beds that have a slip cover or a zippered cover, again for ease of laundering. It’s also nice if the bed is not loose fill when you take the cover off.

Collars & Tags

Collars – Get your puppy an adjustable collar and make sure it has a tag with your contact information on it. It’s a good idea to get break-away collars, especially if you have a fenced in yard.



Tags – We like tags that use rivets, like the one pictured below. They are easily added to the collar by hammering the rivets in. They lie flat on the collar and there’s little chance of it falling off. We’ve lost our fair share of hang tags, and since we’ve switched, we haven’t lost a single rivet tag.

They are hard to find locally, but can be ordered online. We found these at


e-Collars/Remote Trainers –  e-Collars aren’t for every one or every dog, but used correctly, they can be invaluable tools. We prefer the H20 1850 Plus from D.T. Systems. Key features for us are the beeper, waterproof unit and the ability to add another collar.

The beeper has a Locate mode, where it only beeps when you hit the button, a Run/Point mode, where it beeps at different rates if your dog is running or on point, and a Point Only mode, where it beeps only when your dog is on point. If you’ve ever hunted in tall grass or thick cover, you know you can walk right past a dog and point and never see them. This helps to alleviate that problem.

Our dogs have worn these collars hunting, swimming and floating. They are waterproof and stand up pretty well.

The handheld control is simple to use and easy to switch between dogs if you’re using two collars.

Food, Bowls & Treats

Food – We start all our pups on Puppy Chow and send you home with a sample. We’ve also been adding in Honest Kitchen dehydrated dog food. What you choose to feed your puppy is up to you. Realize that “puppy food” has a different mix of protein and fat than adult dog food. Whatever food you choose, serve your new puppy the recommended amount for their weight. We don’t recommend free feeding, but it does work for some people and dogs.

Bowls – These rubber bowls are tough. They are flexible, so if water freezes in them, they won’t crack like plastic bowls. You can usually find them at a local feed store. They come in variable widths and heights.

Treats – Treats are a great training tool. We use a variety of small, chewy treats for training purposes.  Our dogs love Yummy Chummies. They are made from Wild Alaskan Salmon and are full of omega-3 fatty acids. They stink. But they are a high value treat in our house. They also make grain free products from other Alaskan fish and Wild Alaska Salmon oil.

Bones/Rawhides – Bones and rawhides can be great “distractors.” They will keep a puppy occupied. We don’t recommend giving them to your puppy unsupervised. If your Brittany is in a multi-dog household, be aware that they may “scarf” down a rawhide, if they think another dog may try to take it away. This can be dangerous by causing an intestinal blockage.

In part 2, we talk about cleaning supplies, toys, grooming supplies and choosing your vet and obedience classes.








  1. Janet Tune says

    Hi Lauren – exciting news for sure. Will there be a part 2? I’m wondering when the pick up date starts as I saw a comment on a transport with an August 1st or 4th date (I’m sure the pups will be devastated to not play all day with their siblings!). And is there anyone in Anchorage who would like me to bring their pup(s) from Kenai to Anchorage? I have the room and would be happy to do so!
    Thank You –
    Janet Tune

    • Hi Janet – Part 2 will be up soon. I sent you an email about pick up. Thanks for offering free rides to any pups going to Anchorage. I think we’re good right now, but we can keep you posted.

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